I managed to grab a few days in Amsterdam last week and just take some time out to explore the city.

As usual, all the photos I took can be found here, however here is a selection of images to get you started.

Thanks for looking



I actually got chosen to appear on Freshly Pressed.

Thanks guys


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  1. Oh wow, such beautiful pictures! I miss Europe so much! I spent a summer there and I regret not traveling outside of Germany…Aww memories lol. Thanks for sharing! Definitely put a smile on my face! I’m new to blogging here and I just love how supportive and creative everyone is! If you have time, could you please check out my blog? http://shecooksandheeats.wordpress.com/ I would love some advice or feedback, and how to get more exposure πŸ™‚

    1. It’s that very reputation that saw me visit on my own rather than with my family. My wife had no desire to visit the place.
      Having now been there are certainly area’s you would not take young children but to be honest I felt totally safe all the time and outside of the few streets that make up the red light district its a very tranquil and pretty place.

      Don’t let this misconception put you off.

  2. Very nice blog. Beautiful pictures, beautiful website, what else can I say?

    Oh, congrats for making it to Freshly Pressed, you truly deserve it… πŸ™‚

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    Dear Mark,

    Thank you for these fabulous images of one of my favourite cities! You really grasped the spirit of it. What I love most about Amsterdam is the way of life, coffee – houses, sooo many bicycles, great art, and this international yet down to Earth flair. Another beauty, which is a small but cute version of Amsterdam, is Alkmaar, which is about 50 km further East driving along the coast.
    Cheese – heaven, and really tres jolie.

    Come on over next time !

  4. Love Amsterdam too. I go there at least once a year. But then, I only live 2,5 hours (by train) away πŸ˜‰ It’s like a big village and I always feel at home there (friendly people, great little shops and places to eat, if you know where to find them). Last time, I visited the cat museum (www.kattenkabinet.nl/english.html), which is a small and tranquil museum located in a beautiful old house on one of the canals. A must-see if you love cats (their own cats also wander free in the museum) and art (and old buildings). So, there’s one of my (now not so) secret places in Amsterdam. I’ll put it in my blog now, too (already mentioned it here, so why not :-)).

  5. Congratulations for making it to the freshly pressed. You did great shots from Amsterdam. People like me don’t often have the opportunity to travel so thanks to bloggers like you for providing us glimpses from every beautiful corner in the world.

  6. Very nice and beautifull your photos. I’d like to join with you….Can you came to the central of Java island? May you can visit Borobudur temple, Mendut temple and soon as possible?

  7. Great pictures! What a beautiful place to visit, it seems there’s something interesting to see everywhere you look. I hope I get the chance to visit there, too, some day!

  8. Congratualtions on making freshly pressed! I’ve been dying to be on that forever lol. I absolutely love amsterdam, I haven’t been there since i was 15 but i have the fondest memory of hiding out in the door way of a small church because there was rainstorm that attacked us out of nowhere and I saw this guy with his umbrella get blown down the street.

    lovely pictures.

    -Bianca at http://theinbetweengirls.wordpress.com/

  9. Great photos, especially the red flowers in the boxes covered in graffiti. I went once, a few days after Queen’s Day, when there was a half dismantled Ferris Wheel in the square and bright orange flags everywhere. Surreal.

  10. Aw, you’re making me homesick! My mother was born in Amsterdam, and when I was a kid we went to the Netherlands every year. I haven’t been since 2007, but seeing your photos makes it feel fresh all over again.

    Btw, I realize it’s too late to give you tips for this trip, but I hope you had some pancakes while you were there. If not, next time you’re in the NL, definitely stop by a pancake house! They are unparalleled.

  11. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed….I just returned from Amsterdam with very amateur photos. Yours are bing-bang awesome!

    1. Thanks


      I just saw your Mango Salsa recipe. That looks awesome!

      Assuming I can find a mango in my local shop this weekend (and I will admit I had to look up what cilantro was), I know what I will be making πŸ™‚

  12. Hi Mark,
    Loved your photos. My husband and I travel to Europe as often as we can but haven’t gotten to Amterdam. Everyone I know who has been there really enjoy the trip. I would love to know which layout you’re using that allows you to post so many great pic. Thanks again for sharing your photos.

    1. Hi Mary and thanks for your comments.

      Like you, I have been to many European cities over the last few years (easier when I live in the UK) but Amsterdam never got a look in so when the chance came up last week, who was I to say no?

      As for the layout, I just use Windows Live Writer (free download) to create my blog posts which allows me to add as many pictures as I want, sort out the layout and then upload to WordPress.

      I then use Smugmug for all my main photo hosting

      Take care


  13. Visited Amsterdam many years ago now, it was beautiful then and obviously still is, judging by these fantastic photos. They brought back some good memories.

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